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Royal Hawaiian® Tropical Storm Elephant Ear*

Colocasia esculenta 'Tropical Storm'

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Royal Hawaiian® Tropical Storm Elephant Ear (Colocasia esculenta 'Tropical Storm') at Make It Green Garden Centre

Royal Hawaiian® Tropical Storm Elephant Ear foliage

Royal Hawaiian® Tropical Storm Elephant Ear foliage

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  24 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  (annual)

Other Names:  Cocoyam, Dasheen, Taro

Group/Class:  Royal Hawaiian Series

Brand:  Proven Winners

Description:

An impressive variety producing large, sea green leaves, with contrasting white centers and purplish highlights, held up on dark red stems; a stunning garden or pondside accent plant for a tropical look

Ornamental Features

Royal Hawaiian® Tropical Storm Elephant Ear's attractive large heart-shaped leaves remain bluish-green in colour with showy white variegation and tinges of purple throughout the season. Neither the flowers nor the fruit are ornamentally significant. The dark red stems are very colorful and add to the overall interest of the plant.

Landscape Attributes

Royal Hawaiian® Tropical Storm Elephant Ear is an open herbaceous annual with a shapely form and gracefully arching foliage. Its wonderfully bold, coarse texture can be very effective in a balanced garden composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance plant, and should be cut back in late fall in preparation for winter. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Royal Hawaiian® Tropical Storm Elephant Ear is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Royal Hawaiian® Tropical Storm Elephant Ear will grow to be about 24 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. Although it's not a true annual, this fast-growing plant can be expected to behave as an annual in our climate if left outdoors over the winter, usually needing replacement the following year. As such, gardeners should take into consideration that it will perform differently than it would in its native habitat.

This plant does best in full sun to partial shade. It is quite adaptable, prefering to grow in average to wet conditions, and will even tolerate some standing water. It is not particular as to soil pH, but grows best in rich soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Royal Hawaiian® Tropical Storm Elephant Ear is a fine choice for the garden, but it is also a good selection for planting in outdoor pots and containers. It can be used either as 'filler' or as a 'thriller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, depending on the height and form of the other plants used in the container planting. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Garden  Container 
Applications
Foliage Color  Texture  Plant Form  Bark 
Ornamental Features